Posted by: Emily
Ever since we decided to clean up our product acts, I have been searching for a replacement for my Clean and Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer. It’s the one drugstore product I’ve used for decades (practically literally!) and couldn’t imagine giving up. It is a light, daily moisturizer but with 0.5% Salicylic Acid in it, which is my favorite acne treatment ingredient. I detest Benzoyl Peroxide (it bleaches my linens, smells bad, and is way too harsh on my skin) and have tried prescription creams with Retinol and all kinds of other miracle-promising-but-ultimately-disappointing chemicals, none of which have ever worked as well as good old Salicylic Acid.
Much to my pleasure, turns out Salicylic Acid is a naturally found ingredient. It comes from Willow Bark! (Note of caution, this doesn’t mean it’s always natural when you find it in other, more chemical-heavy products, but it CAN be found in nature).
I read about Burt’s Bees’ new Natural Acne Solutions line in a magazine a while ago, and while I’ve always been a fan of their chapsticks (who isn’t?) I previously hadn’t tried any of their other products. When I went to the drugstore to look at the Natural Acne Solutions line, I was at first discouraged, because they only had one of the 4 products and at first glance, I didn’t think it had enough of my beloved Salicylic Acid to be a good exchange for my Clean and Clear.
Recently, my local health food store, Gary Null’s Uptown Whole Foods (love them!) started carrying the Acne line, and I took a look at the Daily Moisturizing Lotion. To my delight, it has 1% Salicylic Acid– that’s twice as much as my Clean and Clear! Hooray!
I have good and bad news about this product. The Bad News: it’s not that moisturizing. However, I have been using it in conjunction with other products (trying it with various serums and moisturizers for extra winter weather moisture) and it works perfectly well in tandem. I’m okay with this solution, though it makes it more pricey than using one product at a time for both acne treatment and moisturizing, but that’ a lot to ask, so I understand. It’s also 4 times as expensive (list price $17.99 for 2 oz.) as the Clean and Clear lotion (list price $6.49 for 4 oz.), but that’s the cost of natural products, my friends. I think I can live with that.
The good news is that I think it works. It’s always hard to say, since acne is a complicated little problem– it’s hard to tell what’s hormonally caused and what’s aided by any product– but I know Salicylic Acid works for me in general, and this is the first good natural option I’ve found.
Next I want to try the Targeted Spot Treatment to replace the Clean and Clear spot treatment I’ve been using, though it has less Salicylic Acid. However, it also has Tea Tree Oil, another one of my favorite skin-clearing ingredients, so together, they might be better than just more Salicylic Acid volume alone!
You can find all the Burt’s Bees products on Amazon.com for less, it looks like, especially when you buy them all together. I recommend that!
And there’s a promotion on the Burt’s Bees site where you buy the whole set and get the Spot Treatment for free (a $10 value): http://www.burtsbees.com/a/promo-buy3.html